Earth Day Fair

Earth Day was established in 1970 when the public became increasingly concerned about the current state of the environment. 

The Earth Day Fair has been a tradition at W&J since 2019.

In April 2020 and April 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fair was brought online for a week. It focused on educating the W&J community about sustainability topics, student and faculty environmental work, and encouraged participation in celebrating Earth Day.

Student & Faculty Blogs

Students and faculty have contributed over 50+ blogs dedicated to celebrating Earth Day. Topics range from conservation to environmental justice issues, and they touch upon personal experiences or passion for a subject.

Planting for Honeybees

Written by Robert Dunn This spring our oldest son, Emmett (8 years old), decided that he wanted to use a part of our backyard in East Washington to plant flowers that would attract and help honeybees.  He purchased the book Planting for Honeybees: The Grower’s Guide...

Lily’s Gardening Tips

Written by Lily Bonasso The days are finally getting longer, and all of the spring flowers are beginning to bloom! In light of the changing of the seasons, one of the best ways to celebrate what the Earth has to offer is by planting a vegetable garden to care for. Not...

The Adirondacks

Written by Jared Heller     The Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York have been on my family’s annual adventure list for some much-needed soul searching and good vibes ever since my dad learned about the area through summer camp as a child. Letting some...

Summer 2020 Internship – Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park

Written by Cameron O'Connor This past summer, I interned at Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park as a cavern guide. I drove a boat throughout the underground river system and educated the public on the geology and biodiversity of the cave and the wildlife park. Although...

Stop Gatekeeping the Outdoors: How to Make the Outdoors More Inclusive and Welcoming

Written by Julia Schaffer   As indoor options became more dangerous after the introduction of COVID-19, many people have turned to the outdoors as a safer alternative. The fresh air and open trails are always welcoming new hikers with open arms. Unfortunately,...

Greenify Your Coffee

Written by Lily Bonasso Have you ever glanced at your morning coffee and wondered about its origins, about the process that it has undergone from bean to cup, about the environmental implications of the industry? Maybe not, but I’d like to urge you to do so today. My...

Wildlife Conservation: Zoos and Sanctuaries

Written by Julia Plasynski   Recently, there has been a mass amount of hype surrounding the new Netflix series, Tiger King. This has led to opinions circulating social media sites about how ANY type of zoo, sanctuary, or enclosure with animals is unethical and...

Gen-Z Visionary Collective

On this Earth Day, 2021, I thought it would be appropriate to tell you all about a growing movement in the city of Pittsburgh focused on climate justice. I am a recent graduate of W&J, a member of the class of 2020, and a member of the Gen-Z Visionary Collective. ...

Earth Day Poetry

Written by Carla Myers & Samantha Martin; Clark Family Library   The library (of course) encourages reading about nature. Why not combine it with #NationalPoetryMonth which also occurs in April?  Reading poems about nature and the environment can engender an...

Donate Your Athletic Gear

Written by Nick Krugh   It is important that we, as humans, know what we can do to help our planet and it is important to use Earth Day to educate ourselves on ways that we can do this. I’m writing to inform young athletes how important it is to donate used...

Student Creative Pieces

Students wrote poems, short stories, and created art centered around celebrating the earth.

Title: “Tenacity”

Artist: Lena DiFulvio

Medium: Pencil on paper

“Tenacity,” at first glance, seems simply to be a human hand holding a tree, its roots spread about, reaching for the unseen earth below. A butterfly perches on the hand, its size taking hold of our gaze. Is this a work depicting beautiful human interaction with the Earth, providing fertile ground for its life to flourish upon, or is the tree in the image is being mercilessly uprooted, a symbol of human destruction and carelessness? Just as we must decide how we treat our planet, it is up to us to assign meaning to this piece. (April 2021)

Environmental Ceramics

Environmental Ceramics

Written by Savannah Keough  | As a child I loved being outside with my siblings, being in nature, and using art as an outlet to let my creativity run wild and that has stuck until this day. Throughout high school, I discovered that my love for art expanded when I took...

We Need Them

Written by Bri Hoffman  | What would we do without the bees? They are the reason behind flowers  And fruits on trees  It is not just the bees we desperately need  There are other creatures too that without we could not succeed  Beetles are around under leaves on the...

Plastic Bag in Blossoming Tree

Written by Sofya Maxnide  | It stands out A huge white blob amongst the red little things At the end of each tingly feeler of the strong tree Clinging to the outstretched arms of the living tree Not even a parasite can I call it for its not alive In any sense but yet...

The Cactus & The Eagle

Written by Gracie Gregick | It was through the immense pain in my heart that I, myself, came face to face with the Gods. Once before, they descended to our people as messengers; promising land if we left the security of our home in the North. We wandered dispossessed...

Thoughts & Prayers

Written by Nickolas Bartel | The world  yells  in  another  uproar    Another  environmental  tragedy  has occurred  once more.   As it has  swallowed  one more  toxic pill,    we learn of  yet  another  oil spill.   While  the people ask for aid to repair the lives...

Lion Reserve in Kaolack, Senegal

Lion Reserve in Kaolack, Senegal

Photo by Marcy Saldivar Written by Marcy Saldivar | 2 feet in front of me— No cage or glass between— Stood Abeke, an epic lion. And there I stood,  Paralyzed. Her coarse fur was stained matte gold.  And I saw deep amber eyes undisturbed by my presence. She looked...